Original Title: Observaciones de aves raras en España, año 1996
This is the l3th annual report of the Spanish Ornithological Society's Rarities Committee -formerly Iberian Rarities Committee-. It presents 163 new records, of 71 different species, accepting 142 (87 %). An especial review of records from the Canary Islands gives interesting results, among them the first records for the Westem Palearctic of American Swallowtailed Kite Kite Elanoides forficatus and Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla; the firsts for Spain of Whitetailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus, Wood Duck Aix sponsa -origin unknown- and Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens-origin unknown-, and the first for the Canary Islands of Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla, Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa fiavipes, Laughing Gull Larus atricilla and Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis. Other highlights in this report are the first record for Spain of Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis-Balearic Islands, perhaps an escape-, the first accepted record of Radde' s Warbler Phylloscopus schwarzi, the second record of Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola, the first record for the Balearics of Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius and the second Iberian record of Black Duck Anas rubripes.
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